A group of Danish preschoolers have discovered an enormous dead sea creature that had washed ashore following an intense storm.
The nursery school students were on a day trip on the Danish coast near the North Sea island of Romo on Tuesday.
The children came across a large dead creature in the long grass while walking around the area with their teachers.
At first the group was unable to identify the mysterious animal lying in the grass, which was about twice the size of most tots present.
Reports said the creature was later identified as a dead leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
The group informed the nearby Tonnisgard Nature Centre about the dead turtle.
A spokesperson for the Tonnisgard Nature Centre told Newsflash: “This turtle is commonly found in warmer waters, but they can swim very long distances.
“We believe this is the same turtle that was spotted in the Netherlands and Belgium in mid-October (with head injuries) and it had probably died by the time it washed ashore here.
“It was found by a nursery school group the morning after the storm that Germany called ‘Nina’.
“The turtle was around two metres long and is currently being analysed by experts in Esbjerg (town).”
Leatherback turtles are named for their unusual shell, which has a leathery consistency rather than being hard like other turtles.
They are the largest species of sea turtles in the world, with adults measuring up to 63 inches in length.
Every year thousands of leatherbacks migrate across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, travelling up to 10,000 miles.
Egg collection and fishing bycatch has caused a steep decline in leatherback populations within the last century.
They are listed as a vulnerable species worldwide, but many subpopulations in the Pacific and Southwest Atlantic oceans are critically endangered.